Reasonable Price Ruger Security Six


May 5, 2007, 02:48 AM
Found a Ruger "Security Six" with a six inch barrel. Shows some slight holster wear but everything is extremely clean and tight. The seller wants $275 for it. I know very little about this particular model so does this seem like a good price? (rubber grips by the way).


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Steve C
May 5, 2007, 04:05 AM
Its a good gun and the price is reasonable.

Ala Dan
May 5, 2007, 07:43 AM
$225 for a 90 per center, $250 for a 95% gun, $275 only for one that is
rated 98% or better~! ;) :D

May 5, 2007, 08:00 AM
Kinda depends on availability. $250.00 seems average around here, but for a good copy, I think up to $300.00 is OK. BTW, I love mine. It does back up duty when hunting, night stand duty when sleeping, CCW in colder weather, out door duty when fishing or ATVing, and lots of plinking duty at the range.

I consider it the Glock of revolvers, not as pretty as other revolvers, but will likely out last/run them.

May 5, 2007, 08:57 AM
Great gun at very reasonable price. I dont prefer the rubber grip but they can be changed out if you wish. You didnt mention if it is SS or blued. SS does run a slight bit higher. Values do vary by area. I have not seen any around here sell for less than $280 in the last 6 yrs. Most go for around 3 to 325. At local shows it is hard to find 2 or more when the doors open and none available on the last day. Last one I had at the show had several hard lookers and no one had a problem with the price. It sold by noon on the first day for asking price of 325. Two of the lookers came back to buy it later that day. One of them bought the only other one at the show for 350.

May 5, 2007, 03:51 PM
I paid $325 for a 6" blued in mint condition a few years back and I don't regret it...It's a great shooter and becomming a "classic"...Buy it...You won't be sorry.

full metal
May 5, 2007, 04:04 PM
Strongest most solid revolver i ever had buy it.

May 5, 2007, 06:15 PM
It's a 6" barrel, blued, I would call it 97% condition and all of the action and mechanicals are just about perfect. I'm going to pop back in Monday and get it.

Thanks for the advice.

May 5, 2007, 07:18 PM
I would say it's a good price only if the original wood stocks are included in the sale.

May 5, 2007, 08:12 PM
I don't think this one came with wood stocks. The rubber grips are ruger grips

May 5, 2007, 08:17 PM
I found a Stainless 2-3/4" bbl in the box at a shop today.
The guy wants $350 OTD. Opinions?

May 5, 2007, 09:20 PM
My Blue 2.75" Service-Six was made in 1982 and came with really nice wood stocks. I wasn't aware they went over to rubber grips before the stopped making the Six series.

May 5, 2007, 09:41 PM
recondoc, what condition was it in and what color was the box? Does box have same serial number? Security sixes came with wood and "target" hard rubber grips. Myself I like the look and feel of the wood better.

May 5, 2007, 09:44 PM
My Blue 2.75" Service-Six was made in 1982 and came with really nice wood stocks. I wasn't aware they went over to rubber grips before the stopped making the Six series.

Don't know myself, I know it has a grip frame much larger than the one in your picture and the the grips look exactly like these
"Ruger Security Six Rubber Grips" ( (click on the photo in the page for a larger picture)

May 7, 2007, 10:00 PM
Well, here it is. Talked him down to $250 and a box of good .357 Magnum shells :D


Holster wear around the muzzle and along the sides of the barrel

A bit of a cylinder ring and a few dings and wear spots.

I did a complete takedown and the internals were just pristine. Scrubbed it all down, re-lubed, and re-assembled. The lockworks are all tight and smooth and it handles like a dream! Can't wait to take it to the range!

It's funny, in my hand it's very well balanced and handles nicely but it feels big, I mean really BIG. Overall dimensions are, in fact, smaller than my SAA cowboy guns (except for the 6" barrel) but it just feels like a big honkin' hand cannon :evil:

May 7, 2007, 10:04 PM
Those grips look like Pachmayrs.

May 7, 2007, 10:10 PM
They are. I'm guessing somebody added 'em on at some point because I doubt they are OEM from '79 when this pistol was manufactured.

May 7, 2007, 11:03 PM
Congrats on the new revolver!

It's Purty.

May 7, 2007, 11:58 PM
Good deal! I paid $225 for mine a few years back and almost thought about selling it. This thread talked me out of it, completely. It's going to the range with me tomorrow :)

May 8, 2007, 12:42 AM
I have owned a 6" stainless for a long time. My first centerfire firearm!

The barrel is slightly turned off kilter and needs adjustment. Also, the cylinder stop notches are a bit unequal. Both issues appear to be factory defects. Gun still shoots fine though.

I've thought about sending it in but it's an heirloom and I'd hate to risk it.


May 8, 2007, 01:39 AM
I picked up a stainless 2-3/4" Dated 1983 today. Ecellent fit and finish and it still has the original box with matching serial number. I can't wait to get this little jewel out to the range and cut loose with it. I'm sure it will be snappy with full house magnum loads but the weight of the thing should absorb a goodly amount of it. After firing my friend's 500 Smith this weekend, I'm not too conserned. I've almost got all of the feeling back in my hand.

May 8, 2007, 01:47 AM
Nice gun.
Try a HOGUE grip and see if it fits your hand better.
I put one on my Security-Six snubnose and it feels just right. :D
( this is somebody else's gun & pic, but it is just like mine )

May 8, 2007, 11:56 AM
I may try and get some Hogue grips because the Pachmayr do feel a little odd in my hand. Not enough that I hate 'em but I think I would like to find something that I like better.

Old 112
May 8, 2007, 11:54 PM
ZeSpectre; A big +1 for the Houge monogrip. I have it on my service six. Also, for BusMaster007; that revolver looks great with the Houge on it. Most rubber grips look kind of ugly IMO, but not that combination of gun and grip. Old 112

May 9, 2007, 08:43 AM
I bought one at a swap meet last year. 4" stainless fixed sights service six. This one was Rough. Real rough. Like it was in the bottom of some one's tool box most of it's life. Scars and marks all over it. Original small wood grips worn to the point of the checkering not all visible.


It still shot all bullets in the black at 50ft.

New grips and a rainy weekend with the girlfriend polishing it with progressively finer sandpaper while I did some reloading. Now it it beautiful and STILL shoots all of them in the black.

$200 invested,
$12 assorted wet/dry sand paper
$40 grips (3 set to figure out which one's I liked)
Now it does night stand duty as well as being probably the toughest wheel gun ever built. I wouldn't trade it for a sack full of new GP100's
Before and after pictures. Actually the before picture was after working on it for several hours with 150 grit emery paper.

May 10, 2007, 09:46 AM
Okay I'm going to take this cannon to the range sometime in the next few days but looking over my ammo raised another question.

I tend to trust any gun made after the mid-eighties in terms of strength but this one was made in '79. I know it's supposed to be an extremely strong pistol but will it handle a regular diet of full power (possibly even a slight bit hot) .357 Magnums or should I take it a little easy on the beastie?


May 12, 2007, 06:08 PM
Unless you see obvious issues it should eat 158 gr. no problem. I started there with mine and went up from there to some loads a friend cooked up. Gun handled them fine, I had to take a break.

May 12, 2007, 06:13 PM
Blue book, as usual, undervalues these. Going rates have been going up--esp. for the shorter barrel variants. I would expect to see Speed and short Securities going for well over three bills in the future.

May 12, 2007, 08:58 PM
This is one nice revolver, regardless of the barrel length. Although I prefer stainless, a Security-Six is one of the best magnums you can get.

I've always wondered why someone didn't offer a service of removing that damned warning on the barrels! It's the one thing that's detracted from the looks of the guns.

May 12, 2007, 09:27 PM
Woah, there are about 8 posts that just vanished in this thread including my posted target from taking the Security Six to the range!

So here it is again...

I expected to have to dink around with the sights quite a bit when I got to the range and to my amazement the very first shot tore the "10" out of the center of the target! So taking my time and doing slowfire single action I got the following results...

Then just for fun I did another target rapid fire (double action). Six shots left-strong and six shots right-weak.

May 12, 2007, 11:29 PM
Nice targets.

Yeah, I think the days of getting these guns for less than $300 is long gone. I suspect their prices will rise even more as new shooters try to locate them. The shooting community really does need a lighter .357.

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